Security versus usability.

@liw Security without usability is like building a wall instead of a door. If a valid user can't get in, security has failed.

@liw @dentangle Or if a valid user can get in but it’s so much of a pain that they put tape over the latch on their way out.

it's me, using the most powerful possible security suite to manage my browser extensions because it's the only bit of the software i was able to parse


@liw Stating the obvious: the question is vague, though one suspects that the point is to answer in a way that both addresses the question and presumes the question's framing.

That said, applying my #manifestation frame, usability is a manifest, immediate, percievable, clear attribute, whilst security is a covert, latent, emergent, and obscure attribute.

In mass markets, immediacy takes precedence. At least until emergent benefits become realised. Though often only for as long as those rapidly-fading memories persist.

Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability are the basics of security. Usability is part of it. The idea that security is simply about blocking access is a common misunderstanding.

@liw And the winning answer to Lars's security quiz wasn't my pick, though I think in fairness it is a good answer.

"No security without usability."

@liw No usability without security - a sufficiently predictable system is neither a weird machine nor a user interaction nightmare; weird machines are always user interaction nightmares if you trigger an edge case.

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